I travel to Birmingham often for business and was pleasantly surprised to find a new hotel. I generally stay at the Sheraton which is in the same family and across the street from the Westin. The Sheraton is a huge convention hotel that needs updating although with its size I doubt it will ever feel comfortable. The Westin, which will probably be considered a 4 Star hotel, is brand new and the staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The rooms are nice, the gym has brand new equipment and there is a decent restaurant. Now as for Todd English's restaurant - a few comments. The space is huge. I had dinner the first night at about 6:30 right after work. My main comment is that the music is too loud. If you are with a group of people you will have issues hearing each other. If you are traveling alone on business and want to relax- I found it too intrusive to do so. At a breakfast meeting the next morning, although the music was not as loud, it was again intrusive. I have been to Todd English's restaurants before and the food here was good. My dinner - the healthy option of salmon was a bit too salty...if you are serving a healthy option is should not be overwhelmingly salty. My breakfast was great although not exactly what I ordered. I did not point that out to the server who was trying very hard to please. I assume the kinks in the restaurant will be worked out. Overall, I would highly recommend the hotel for a visit to Birmingham. It will be even nicer when all of the shops and restaurants planed for the area are open.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Birmingham opens in January 2013. Our hotel is located in The Marketplace, an upscale dining and entertainment complex and is nearby several popular downtown destinations. ... more less
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